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My driver side headlight had trouble adjusting, turning the switch or whatever you want to call it.. (it would turn but there would be no difference in height)
the passenger side had no issues..
curious to know if there is an easy fix for that? I need my beams to be lower, HIDs seem to be doing no help because of how high they are...


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Factory auto leveling HID, or stock halogens you converted to HID?

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stock halogens, just put an HID kit in but that shouldn't have anything to do with it.
I figured out how to adjust them, its just that the drivers side seems to be broken i guess
I'm guessing the previous owner messed around with it or something.
The little screw or nob you twist, does rotate, but it doesnt change the height at all of the beam

idkk does that make sense

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There are two screws; one does height, one does rotate.


That said, if you only just swapped in HID bulbs and have to adjust, then the problem is the bulbs, not the aim of the headlight.

The only time you need to adjust the aim is when you take it apart; but even the gen2s don't have that problem, they got smart with the headlights.


If your beam pattern is off, your bulbs are either A cheap junk that should be replaced with quality bulbs, B not the right bulb.

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But if the right side is the same exact bulb and it adjusts then the drivers side should as we..

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Both of them can adjust, like I said there are two adjustable screws that if you open the hood and look down on the backside of them you will see them (gen1s had a little white cap on them you had to remove, I think gen2s got rid of it because it made no difference.. I think, I could be wrong.)

What I'm getting at though is you shouldn't have to adjust your headlights after doing HIDs, unless something is wrong.

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no they are pretty cheap HIDS, they do the job but if i adjust them both a little lower they'll be more brighter,
I know the screws adjust them, I have already done it, like I said, the right side does work, the drivers side screw twists but doesn't adjust the headlight meaning its broken, I was just wondering if there's an easy fix for that screw..?

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Is it broken broken or is it the tool you're using?

The first time I adjusted my headlights the screwdriver I was using wasn't large enough and it wasn't grabbing the teeth.

Then I realized they were actual bolts, so I just took a ratcheting wrench and went at them; 9mm maybe

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They were able to be turned by hand,
I know something is wrong with the screw, because the passenger side adjusted with no issues.

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unless it was adjusted too far to where it fell off the screw... but that shouldn't be allowed to happen, unless it went so far that it got stripped?

It may require taking the headlight out and apart to see what's going on.

At least off the car, which isn't too hard, hopefully not apart but definitely sounds like something is not.. right.

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